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“Reintroduce the sacred grizzly bear to tribal homelands – not to trophy hunting,” implores actor Zahn McClarnon as he closes the just-released “Not in Our Name” short film with an appeal for public support for tribal nations in their ongoing struggle to get the Trump Administration to “honor the historic grizzly treaty signed by over 200 tribes.”

Last seen in HBO’s “Westworld” starring as Akecheta opposite Sir Anthony Hopkins, McClarnon has become one of Native America’s most recognizable actors, with prominent roles in AMC’s “The Son,” “Longmire,” “Fargo” and Spielberg’s “Into the West.”

“Hunting them is absolutely crazy. Why would you hunt a grizzly bear?” asks McClarnon, as Wyoming gears up to open its grizzly trophy hunt in Greater Yellowstone on September 1, over the objections of tribal nations that have been denied formal government-to-government consultation on the issue by Interior Secretary.

“I grew up in grizzly country and so my experiences with grizzlies are extremely personal because of growing up around them,” explains McClarnon, who is Hunkpapa Lakota from Standing Rock but spent his formative years on the Blackfeet Nation of the Blackfoot Confederacy.

The Piikani Nation, sister tribe to the Blackfeet, introduced The Grizzly: A Treaty of Cooperation, Cultural Revitalization and Restoration, which is now the most-signed tribal treaty in history. Congressman Raul M. Grijalva, who also appears in “Not in Our Name,” introduced The Tribal Heritage and Grizzly Bear Protection Act to the 115th Congress, which was inspired by the treaty.

Central to the treaty are the grizzly reintroduction articles. The Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council, which includes the plurality of Yellowstone treaty tribes, recently petitioned Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) with the tribal alternative to trophy hunting, writing: “Instead of trophy hunting the grizzly, tribal nation treaty signatories advocate relocating grizzlies from the GYE to sovereign tribal lands in the grizzly’s historic range where biologically suitable habitat exists among tribes that seek to explore and participate in such a program.


The same quota of grizzlies that would be hunted per season by the states, could easily be trapped and relocated to lands under sovereign tribal authority and jurisdiction, removing any possible rationalization for reinstituting trophy hunts. This plan provides for cultural, environmental and economic revitalization for participating tribal nations, as the grizzly is sacred to a multitude of tribes.” Barrasso has yet to respond.

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Responses to "Native American Actor releases a short film to oppose "Grizzly Trophy Hunt""

  1. Unknown says:

    Not in my name either! No trophy hunting period!

  2. Alicea says:

    Trophy hunting is for selfish cowardly reasons and has no place in time and space!

  3. Not In My Name, Ever!

  4. Not In May Name, ever

  5. Unknown says:

    NOT IN MY NAME EVER😢

  6. Kit G. says:

    Standing Strong with my Native Brothers & Sisters as one race for All Creation "Not In My Name, Either" <3

  7. pfkisa says:

    Thank you for showing my picture. Native American People You are all beautiful. Thank you

  8. pfkisa says:

    Thank you for showing my picture. Native American People You are all beautiful. Thank you. I Especially Tantoo
    Cardinal who has shown
    own herself in so many movies

  9. Unknown says:

    Wait til Biden gets in and we can change their minds on this

  10. Unknown says:

    Thank you my friend Zahn McClarnon for doing a stellar job to save the bears.

  11. Unknown says:

    Not in my name

  12. neache says:

    Thank you Zahn for your input and this film, they are sacred, they should be protected. your a great actor, Ive seen you in many films and series you are excellent in your performances... Thank you I'm a fan of yours brother.. be safe.

  13. Unknown says:

    Not in my name

  14. Unknown says:

    Not in our name! There is no need for trophy hunting!

  15. Unknown says:

    Never in my name! Thank you for this film, ALL lives are sacred, all lives are sentient and the Creators children. I am a Buddhist and have always believed in reincarnation, you never know who is in that body, treat them with compassion.

  16. Unknown says:

    Ban all Trophy hunting they hve a right to life! Relocate bears that get too close to people and let them thrive.

  17. Unknown says:

    NOT IN MY NAME ! I STAND IN SUPPORT OF ALL INDIGENOUS NATIONS ! THIS INDIGENOUS LAND !

  18. Tanya says:

    Not in My Name, Stop Trophy hunting..

  19. Tanya says:

    Why do we need to trophy hunt? All animals need a voice and few are there to give it to them. We need to stand up for them, be there voice.

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